Malaysia-Singapore Bilateral Issues

A number of bilateral issues have recently arisen between Malaysia and Singapore. These include the Seletar Airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) and ILS Approach Procedures as well as various outstanding maritime boundary delimitation issues.

Malaysia’s action in extending the Johor Bahru port limits is well within our rights as a sovereign nation and under international law.

Malaysia of course wants good relations with Singapore and everything must be done to ensure an amicable solution to these as well as other bilateral issues.

However, Singapore needs to respect Malaysia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in order for this to happen.

Cooler heads must prevail. At the same time, mutual trust and respect are essential for our two countries to be able to move forward together.


Setiawangsa Agenda: DBKL Reform

DBKL reform is a central part of my agenda for Setiawangsa.

The Selamatkan KL NGO has voiced out the need to gazette the KL 2020 City Plan and I am in full support of this in order to mitigate the problem of lack of greenery and planning in Kuala Lumpur. Pakatan Harapan legislators have been in full support of the effort.

Bukit Dinding and Taman Tiara Titiwangsa, both of which are within the Setiawangsa parliamentary constituency are areas that have been impacted by the issue, as there is excessive development. Often, the interests of developers are prioritised at the expense of the residents.

This has led to local residents voicing out and demanding change. Relative to other states, the problem in the Federal Territory is more profound as there is a democratic deficit. In the Federal Territory, the rakyat do not have the right to vote for a local elected authority.

In fact, the majority of Kuala Lumpur has voted for change since 2008. However, because there is no local elected authority, the people of Kuala Lumpur do not have the privilege of enjoying policy changes like the people in neighbouring Selangor.

Looking at other examples, Canberra is administered through the Australian Capital Territory. Washington DC is administered by the District of Columbia. London is administered by the Greater London Authority. Jakarta is at par with other provinces in Indonesia. Each of these cities have elections to choose their administrators, not just send legislators at the national level.

It is pitiful that the wellbeing of the people in Kuala Lumpur is not being prioritised. I will certainly champion DBKL reform in line with Pakatan Harapan’s aspirations to provide better living standards and greater transparency in governance.

Pakatan Harapan Youth Concerned With Problems Faced By Malaysians Overseas To Vote

We are deeply concerned over the problems that Malaysians overseas are allegedly facing in casting their postal votes.

As reported by the Global Bersih chapters in France, Geneva, Germany, Netherlands and Scotland, the Elections Commission has announced that ballot papers will be sent out to postal voters two days after Nomination Day, i.e. 28 April.

This will give voters six working days for Pos Malaysia to get the ballots to the overseas voters and for the latter to send their ballots back. This will likely be too short a period, as Global Bersih has estimated that delivery times from Malaysia to certain European countries can take as many as 3-6 days.

Global Bersih has also claimed that Malaysian voters in Europe will have to pay for international courier services, which it estimates could cost up to EUR73-91 (RM349-435).

This is above and beyond the fact that Malaysians in Singapore, southern Thailand, Brunei and Kalimantan have not been allowed to give postal votes.

These restrictions could disenfranchise thousands of voters and surely damages the democratic nature of our elections.

The EC must provide an easier, cheaper and more efficient way for Malaysians abroad to vote to ensure that all of our citizens who are eligible to do so are able to vote.

Keadilan Youth welcomes formation of Pakatan Harapan

KEADILAN Youth welcomes the announcement by the leadership of KEADILAN, DAP and AMANAH on the formation of a new opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan.

We believe that this is the best framework for the various parties moving forward.

The most crucial thing we need now is unity.

“Unity” in this sense goes far beyond simply agreeing to hold the various state governments we are administering together, or to avoid contesting the same seats in elections, although those things are important.

Rather, it also means developing, promoting as well as pursuing an ideologically coherent agenda that all Malaysians can get behind.

We must agree on how we are going to bring these things about.

The lack of unity has hurt our parties.

It has left us weak even in the face of all the scandals and divisions in the ruling coalition.

We ought to be doing better.

The people of Malaysia deserve better from us.

The 5.6 million Malaysians who voted for us – the majority in the last General Elections – are expecting us to show leadership.

This will not be possible if we are more interested in fighting ourselves rather than the UMNO-BN administration.

All Malaysians are hurting due to the failures and mismanagement of this current government.

They will not back us if we cannot prove that we can deliver something beyond more of the same.

We cannot expect to hold on to the states we govern, much less take over Putrajaya, if we cannot deliver to the voters a vision to take our country forward.

The people of Malaysia are looking to us to lead them.

We must move on and move forward.

Disappointing stand by young UMNO leaders regarding Wall Street Journal’s allegations

KEADILAN Youth is disappointed and disgusted by the insistence of some young UMNO leaders, particularly Khairy Jamaluddin and Abdul Rahman Dahlan, for their stubborn defence of Prime Minister Najib Razak in the matter of the Wall Street Journal’s allegations that RM2.67 bilion had been channelled into the Prime Minister’s bank accounts.

Their hostile reaction to the disclosures seems all the more strange when other, more senior UMNO leaders like Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin very calmly and sensibly called for the matter to be investigated seriously.

Khairy and Rahman Dahlan’s behaviour suggest that they are more concerned about political expediency than the good of the nation.

Their supposed reputation of being “liberal” notwithstanding, they are clearly not the kind of leaders that young Malaysians who want change should put their hopes in.

The pattern of malfeasance and the abuse of public trust that has marked the UMNO-BN administration must stop once and for all.

Anything short of this will simply not do.

KEADILAN Youth calls for the issue of the Prime Minister’s accounts to be thoroughly investigated. Any and all wrongdoings must be punished.

But Malaysians not only need a new government via the ballot boxes, but also institutional reform.

The public trust and exchequer cannot be abused the way it has been thus far any long.

KEADILAN Youth is willing to work with all progressive youths towards that cause.